Obama meets with tech leaders

WOODSIDE, Calif. -- President Obama continued his outreach to business leaders Thursday, meeting with some of the biggest names in technology for dinner.

The president had dinner Thursday night at the secluded home of Ann and John Doerr with famous names in technology like Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg, Google head Eric Schmidt and Apple's Steve Jobs.

While the dinner — about 25 miles South of San Francisco — was closed press, the White House said after that the president and his dinner companions discussed "ways to work together to invest in American innovation and promote private sector job growth."

"The president believes that American companies like these have been leading by investing in the creativity and ingenuity of the American people, creating cutting-edge new technologies and promoting new ways to communicate," press secretary Jay Carney said.

Carney said the president "specifically discussed his proposals to invest in research and development and expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, along with his goal of doubling exports over five years to support millions of American jobs."

Obama and the rest of the group also discussed "the importance of new investments in education and the new White House initiative Startup America, a partnership with the private sector aimed at supporting new startups and small businesses."

"The president expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with the group to share new ideas so we can work as partners to promote growth and create jobs in the United States," Carney said.